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Master Entry Professional Nursing (MEPN) - JUMP

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Our Master Entry Professional Nursing (MEPN) program is designed for highly motivated individuals, who have a prior bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field. After fulfilling 3 prerequisite courses, this accelerated, year-round program allows qualified individuals to graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) following completion of 2 years of full-time study.

Participation in this Joint Undergraduate Master Program (JUMP) at WKU will allow you to concurrently pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Following completion of the MEPN program, you are eligible to sit for NCLEX-RN, the RN licensure exam. Our two-year curriculum options include face to face, video streamed, and online instruction, with face to face classes meeting in Bowling Green, KY and clinical placements occurring in KY or TN.

MEPN Program Requirements

The School of Nursing & Allied Health (SONAH) MEPN program requires the completion of undergraduate prerequisite courses: Human Anatomy & Physiology (minimum of 6 credit hours) and Human Nutrition (3 credit hours) with a grade of B or above. Anatomy & Physiology I & II should be completed no more than 5 years prior to the semester of MEPN program application. Students whose Anatomy & Physiology I & II were completed more than 5 years prior, must either retake the courses, or demonstrate current competency by scoring 77% or higher on the Anatomy & Physiology section of the HESI Entrance Exam.

Before a SONAH MEPN application will be considered for admission, all applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Earned Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in any discipline other than nursing and is NOT a licensed Registered Nurse.
  • Cumulative Bachelor's degree GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • HESI pre-entrance exam completion with a score of 80 or above.
  • English as a second language (ESL) applicants must achieve minimum scores on the TOEFL internet-based test (TOEFL iBT): Minimum Cumulative Score of 86 combined AND Minimum Individual Scores of 26 in Speaking, 20 in Writing, 20 in Reading, & 20 in Listening.
  • Successful completion or enrollment in required prerequisite courses.

Undergraduate Application to WKU

All applicants must first submit an undergraduate "Nursing (Pre-Nursing) 586P" major application by clicking the "Application for Admission to WKU" hyperlink on the Apply Now for Admission at WKU website.  And, all transcripts pertaining to your prior bachelor's degree must be received before a WKU Admission decision can be made.

For the purposes of this program, a transfer student is defined as an applicant who completed their bachelor's degree at another institution. Transfer students must have all transfer transcripts evaluated by WKU. The preferred method for transcript submission is directly from the National Student clearing house for electronic delivery to WKU. Transcripts can also be mailed to 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11020, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1020. Questions about this process should be directed to the WKU Transfer Center by phone at 270-745-2178 or email at transfer@wku.edu.

To obtain more information about the WKU undergraduate admission process, please visit https://www.wku.edu/admissions/contactus.pcf. Once you have submitted your undergraduate application to WKU Admissions, email graduatenursing-mepn@wku.edu with your name, WKU ID, and MEPN application term (Summer or Spring) and year.

SONAH MEPN Application

All MEPN applicants must be officially admitted to WKU as a Nursing (Pre-Nursing) 586P major prior to the application deadline dates - February 1 (for summer admission consideration) or September 1 (for spring admission consideration) - and before submitting the MEPN program application.

At the time of MEPN application, individuals must have either successfully completed all prerequisite courses or be enrolled in the final prerequisite courses. 

If a prerequisite course was completed at a different institution, the transcript reflecting course completion must be submitted to and processed by WKU prior to the MEPN application deadline.  The applicant may also be required to provide a course syllabus or catalog description of degree coursework.  NOTE: Applicants, with previous course work that does not directly transfer to WKU as one of the prerequisites, can be given permission to use other courses by emailing the relevant syllabus to MEPN coordinator, Dr. Tonya Bragg-Underwood, for evaluation prior to the application deadline.

If a prerequisite course is currently in-progress at a different institution, the applicant must submit a copy of current class schedule (including course number, course name, dates of enrollment) as a part of the application materials. The applicant may also be required to provide a course syllabus or catalog description of degree coursework.

All applicants are required to complete the HESI Nursing Entrance Exam prior to applying to the MEPN program. The HESI exam evaluates general knowledge in areas of Reading Comprehension, Anatomy & Physiology and Math. Students may take the HESI exam one time during each application cycle. Students may not retake the SAME exam version. The HESI nurse entrance exam scores are valid for one calendar year. To register for the HESI Entrance Exam, please visit https://www2.registerblast.com/wku/ A copy of the applicant's HESI scores must be submitted as a part of the application materials.

A MEPN application is comprised of the items in the bulleted list below & must be submitted to graduatenursing-mepn@wku.edu with "[applicant name] MEPN Application" in the subject line by the application deadline date.

WKU Tuition & Fees

For more information on tuition costs at WKU, please visit https://www.wku.edu/bursar/home-tuition-fees.php; in addition to tuition, there is a $400 program fee that will be billed to your University Account each semester enrolled as a Nursing 586 Major.

Contact/Schedule a SONAH Tour

To learn more about the MEPN program at WKU, Dr. Tonya Bragg-Underwood, MEPN coordinator, can be contacted by email at tonya.bragg-underwood@wku.edu or by phone at 270-745-4377. To schedule a tour of our Medical Health Sciences Complex (MCHC), please contact Jenny Lawyer by phone at 270-745-8832 or by email at jennifer.lawyer@wku.edu.




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 Last Modified 9/21/21